I'd like to hear what y'all have to say.
Where should these concerns be voiced? On this public thread, or through PM?
Here is fine, unless you want to call specific people or circumstances out. Specific complaints of moderation, or complaints about specific moderators, should still be conducted via PM.
I'd like to keep the discussion here broad - to put it in the language of lawmaking, we're discussing policy, goals, and mission here, not specific statutes, laws, or applications.
My 2 cents for what it is worth:
The problem with rules is that some folks like to see how far they can go much like dating a girl. So, they brink the rules, and keep pushing the envelope, until they get slapped with a warning, and then they attack the moderators. Also, once rules are established, there will always be a need for continual revisions and longer rules to accommodate those who do brink the rules. However, who will take the time to read these continually revised pages of rules? Honestly, few will. And all the time taken to revise these rules will be in vain.
Sometimes less is best.
The Golden Rule, "Do unto others as you would have them do unto you," does not work as some people like to fight, so they push, shove, bait, and harass others, and sometimes can even accept what they get back in return. However, God is out of that equation. Such knock-out debates could be allowed in the private Political Forum as long as porn, blasphemy, and filthy words are not allowed.
We already have three areas where we can take off our shoes, let down our hair, and have a beer while we post. In these forums, soberness can be checked at the door: Other Topics, Free-for-all
, and Politics
However, in the more sober sections, especially Prayer Forum, Convert Issues, Faith Issues, Liturgy, Orthodox-Other Christian Discussion, Oriental Orthodox Discussion,
and Orthodox Family Forum
, lack of soberness, jokes, and off topic discussions are really rude. In these forums, some folks have a bad habit of deliberately changing the topic to beer, pizza, bacon, pork, movies, video games, sports, and any other topic except the matter at hand. If that type of rudeness were to happen in a real world setting such as a college class such as calculus, biochemistry, or physics, enrolled troublemakers more than likely would be dropped by the professor in favor of those more serious students on the waiting list.
In preparation for Holy Confession, we are told to read an explanation of the Ten Commandments
, and the Beatitudes
. In addition, we are told to "Love our neighbor as ourselves" and "Love one another as Christ has loved us." These should be our basic rules here, which moderators and members should both follow.
Basically, if a person or moderator is respectfully addressing the topic at hand and not attacking a person or nit picking a person's post, then rudeness would be avoided. However, a few people and moderators have the bad habit of calling people out and unnecessarily derailing threads. That is also very rude.